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Monday, September 08, 2014

Switzerland v. England Live!

Good afternoon, chaps! I'm about to head into a tedious meeting in a moment but I'll be raring to go around 2:45pm EST as England start their Euro '16 with a bang away to Switzerland. In a group that includes Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania and San Marino, this is the toughest fixture of the qualifying round. Make no mistake - this new Switzerland are no mugs. I'd take a draw before kick-off and I'm almost sure that Woy would, too. Join me this afternoon for all the important action here on the LOB.

66 Comments:

Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon Bob. It is definitely a tough start for England. A draw would be a great result, considering that the top two from each group automatically qualify.

2:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Afternoon, MUR - great to have you on board. I'm not at all confident about England's chances this afternoon. Sturridge's injury just adds to Woy's woes.

2:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Here are the teams now lining up in the tunnel in Basel:

Switzerland: Sommer, Lichtsteiner, von Bergen, Djourou, Rodriguez, Behrami, Inler, Xhaka, Shaqiri, Seferovic, Mehmedi.

Subs: Hitz, Benito, Senderos, Widmer, Frei, Stocker, Dzemaili, Fernandes, Kasami, Drmic, Schar, Burki.

England: Hart, Stones, Cahill, Jones, Baines, Wilshere, Henderson, Delph, Sterling, Welbeck, Rooney.

Subs: Forster, Rose, Jagielka, Chambers, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Townsend, Lambert.
Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey).

2:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

As expected, it's the new Arsenal man Danny Welbeck partnering his old partner Wayne Rooney, who is again the skipper on the night. Also room for Raheem Sterling, who was electric off the bench against Norway the other night. We'll need him to be at his best.

And - bloody hell - it's a night for the LUFC Academy with Jamie Milner on the bench and Fab Delph making his debut in the first team (gulp!)

2:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Roon looks determined. We need some goals from him tonight, for sure.

2:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

England get us underway in Basel. Come on, you Whites!

2:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Not an inspiring start, with some useless passing along the backline followed by an errant pass by Gary Cahill out of touch.

2:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Fab Delph was onto a loose ball there but couldn't find Roon. Shame.

2:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

In an earlier kick-off, Russia have rolled over Liechtenstein 4-0. Take that, you tax cheat haven!

2:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Shaquiri gets a cross off but Hart is well behind it.

2:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Delph gets a bollocking for a late one on Shaquiri as he got that cross off. Boos from the partisan home crowd.

2:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice bit of pace from England...that is, until Jack Wilshere gets on the ball.

2:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Delph again...he's going to see yellow this time. The kid needs to calm down or he's going to have an early bath on his debut. Crikey!

2:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Some quick goals in Austria - it's 1-1 between Austria and Sweden in a right old ding dong in Group G.

3:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh dear - Sterling had a great chance there to run but he picked out his skipper who has a tame effort on goal.

3:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lithuania are top of the group now with a 0-1 lead in San Marino.

3:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - that's a bit dicey. Seferovic goes down under Phil Jones' challenge. You've seen them given.

3:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Swiss starting to get a bit more fluid. This is a wide open match.

3:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I want to see Baines get around the back and ping crosses over as he does for Everton.

3:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Tim Cahill has put the Oz 0-1 up in Saudi Arabia.

3:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hello Bob. I will be around for a few minutes before my last class starts. I'm surprised to see Delph starting in such a vital match. I guess his time at the LUFC Academy paid off.

3:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Swiss controlling the match now.

3:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hiya, David. Hope your classes are going well.

3:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Spain are two up vs Macedonia.

3:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Indeed, they are. Alcacer and Ramos with the goals there.

3:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yes. Thanks for asking. it's still early in the year so I'm kind of busy. I'm in the last few minutes of my conference period. How are your classes?

3:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Socceroos are 0-2 up now. Jedinak with the second.

3:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Me too; I'm hoping that things will calm down after these first few weeks.

3:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

England fans making themselves heard.

3:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Slovakia are one up in the land that Russia invaded.

3:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - first time that Baines got free. The cross over was too hard for Roon to turn goalward.

3:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Roon heads wide off a cross from, Baines , but it was always going to be difficult to score from that angle.

3:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - great move from England, with Stones feeding Welbeck, who just missed out Sterling with the cross. Shame. We had a man over.

3:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

BLOODY HELL! A a rare England attack as Wellie broke free down the right . All he had to do was pass it to a wide open Sterling and England would have been ahead. He passed several yards behind.
The Gooners can deal with him now.

3:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I feel sorry for Gooner, who now has the unwanted task of having Wellie in his side.

3:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rodriguez wins a corner off of Stones.

3:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rodriguez wins a corner for the Swiss.

3:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Lichsteiner shoots over from long range after a corner from Rodriguez was headed out.

3:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - great save by Hart from Seferovic with his legs. Could easily been 1-0 Swiss.

3:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH! Great kick save by Hart from Steferovic as he got behind the England defense.Wellie heads away the corner from Shaquiri

3:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Macedonia pull one back in Spain.

3:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Shaquiri is proving a handful for the England backline.

3:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Those two will be the favorites in Group C, for sure.

3:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I need to get ready for my final class. It was great chatting with you. I f you're not around tomorrow then I look forward to chatting with you this weekend.
Cheers mate!

3:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Should be in and out tomorrow, mate. Looking forward to the weekend, which starts with a bang with LUFC at 7:15 and Arsenal v. Citeh at 7:45.

3:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cheerio, mate!

3:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Five minutes left in the first half, punctuated with good goalscoring chances for both sides. Should probably be 1-1. We'd take that scoreline.

3:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Fab Delph has settled down since that booking but I'd still have him off at half-time or soon after to be sure. the Ox would be my choice.

3:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Rooney with a decent turn and shot that Sommer spooned away unconvincingly. Should have been someone running in there.

3:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Jones might have scored from a free header from the corner. Sommer saved well there.

3:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lithuania are 0-2 up in San Marino now.

3:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's half-time. On the balance, England might have gone in 1-2 up. Decent outing so far from England, certainly an improvement over Norway. More of the same, lads.

3:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Spain now 3-1 up at the half.

3:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Switzerland get us underway in the second half. I'll be around for about ten minutes of this one.

3:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wilshere pulls the trigger and earns a corner for England early doors. Roon takes....

3:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

No changes yet for either side.

3:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Xhaka fed Rodriguez who shanked his shot well high.

3:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Keep it tight, lads.

3:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Sterling needed to do better with that great cross over. Berahmi nearly scored an o.g.

3:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Sterling nearly got away from Behrami but his touch lost him.

3:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm off, lads. Come on, England!

3:58 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

6-pt game here. Victory away against the toughest team in the group. England is in even better shape than they were before the tie (meaning, the group ain't too tough). Should build some confidence and momentum.

4:52 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

way hay... two nil!!!
Qualified after one match!

The Gunners prolific new striker with a brace

9:26 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

These are England's fixtures for the Euros
England's Euro 2016 qualifiers
Switzerland (a) 0-2; (h) 8 September 2015
San Marino (h) 9 October 2014; (a) 5 September 2015
Estonia (a) 12 October 2014; (h) 9 October 2015
Slovenia (h) 15 November 2014; (a) 14 June 2015
Lithuania (h) 27 March 2015; (a) 12 October 2015

9:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Unbelievable! I should bail out on an England performance more often, clearly. When I left, it looked to be dwindling away to a 0-0. But 0-2 - that virtually puts us through after one match. Marvelous!

9:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree. England are all but through. England should win their remaining matches unless they find a way to lose. A great away performance for once.

3:36 PM  

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